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Despite Claims That He Is Increasing Anti-Semitism on X, PM Netanyahu Is Meeting Elon Musk

By 09/11/2023 9:57 AMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff


Elon Musk will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visits San Francisco the following week.

The meeting would take place despite the fact that Musk has publicly argued with the Anti-Defamation League over the charge that he amplifies antisemitism on his social media platform.

Prior to his journey to New York to address the UN General Assembly later this month, Netanyahu will visit Silicon Valley, according to his office.

In the past, Netanyahu has met with Musk and was highly impressed, describing him as a “genius” and “a man of vision, perhaps the greatest technological visionary of our time.

According to sources in his office, the prime minister plans “to hold a series of meetings with leading figures in the artificial intelligence world.”

In an earlier meeting, Musk and Netanyahu discussed expanding his tunnel business into Israel and constructing tunnels to improve Israel’s transit networks.

In June, following discussions with Musk and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, Netanyahu declared that he had formed a team to develop Israel’s AI policy. According to Netanyahu, he wants to establish Israel as a global AI leader.

Since Musk purchased the platform last year and allowed extremist accounts that had been blocked by the previous administration, the ADL has observed sharp increases in racial, antisemitic, and homophobic content as well as harassment.

The group asserts that since taking charge, Musk has increased anti-Semitism on X. In reply, Musk alleges that the ADL is organizing a boycott of X’s advertising and has threatened to sue them for billions of dollars for their alleged involvement in the boycott.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the ADL, denied that his organization was pushing a boycott of X’s advertisements but cautioned that Musk was promoting “age-old tropes” about attributing antisemitism to Jews and “engaging online with users who are espousing antisemitism and hate.”

Due to the ADL’s opposition to the present Israeli government and its liberal agenda, the Netanyahu government appears to have sided with Musk in the dispute.

After the tech mogul insulted Jewish benefactor George Soros in May, sparking criticism from the Foreign Ministry and the ADL, Diaspora Affairs Minister Amichai Chikli backed Musk.

Soros, according to Musk, “hates humanity” and is like a villain from a comic book. Although Foreign Minister Eli Cohen later retracted his office’s statement, the Foreign Ministry, the ADL, and other Jewish organizations claimed the remarks encouraged antisemitism.

As a new participant in the debate, Chikli defended Musk, saying, “As Israel’s minister charged with combating anti-Semitism, I would like to clarify that the Israeli government and the vast majority of Israeli citizens see Elon Musk as an amazing entrepreneur and a role model.

“Criticizing Soros, who supports groups that are hostile to Jews and the state of Israel, is anything but anti-Semitism; quite the contrary, “Chikli posted on Twitter.

Chikli continued, quoting Professor Alan Dershowitz, “‘No single per­son has done more to damage Israel’s standing in the world, es­pe­cially among so-called pro­gres­ives, than George Soros.’

For the first time since he took office as prime minister in December last year, Netanyahu will go to the United States.

Although the US government has not yet formally invited the Israeli prime minister, President Biden is scheduled to meet with Netanyahu in New York at the General Assembly.


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